Storhamar through after win in Togliatti

EHF / Sergey Nikolaev

A 30:25 win at Handball Club Lada helped Storhamar Handball Elite to finish second in group C and book their ticket in the EHF European League Women quarter-finals. Lada stay bottom of the group and are eliminated.

Handball Club Lada (RUS) vs Storhamar Handball Elite (NOR) 25:30 (10:11)

  • Alena Amelchenko opened the scoring, but it was Lada's only lead during the entire match
  • Storhamar were in front 6:3 in the 12th minute, but they had just a one-goal advantage at the break
  • the visitors' dominance continued into the second half, and a 3:0 run gave them a five-goal lead (24:19) eight minutes from the buzzer
  • Emilie Hovden was Storhamar's top scorer with seven goals. Olga Fomina netted six goals for Lada
  • Storhamar earned six points in the group and will face Viborg in the quarter-finals

Lada left frustrated

The Russian side, who were seeded directly into the group phase, declared ambitious goals before the first match, but the reality proved to be different. Despite having a number of Russian national players in the squad, Lada had a disappointing campaign, losing five matches and only getting a 10:0 win for the game with Magura Cisnadie which was postponed due to the Covid-19 situation.

On Thursday, Lada lost against CSKA 41:23, which was their biggest defeat in the Russian league in 12 years. Three days later, they needed to win by at least eight goals to squeeze into the EHF European League Women quarter-finals, yet another defeat left them frustrated again.

20220220 ELW Storhamar Kenneth Gabrielsen Quote
We were very happy to win today because we were afraid of the difference to Lada. We had to win the game. It’s difficult to play when you have scored in the previous game.
Kenneth Gabrielsen
Coach, Storhamar Handball Elite
20220220 Lada Quote Ekaterina Marennikova
We had a plan to play from the defence. We changed our defence and tried to make it more variable. The central part was protected, but we conceded from all other positions. If you don’t score yourself, everything goes wrong.
Ekaterina Marennikova
Coach, Handball Club Lada

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